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Albuquerque, NM: La Luz Trail

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Distance: 7.1 miles


Irresistible to trail runners and hikers from all over the world, this classic, 7.1-mile climb to the Sandia Crest features sweeping vistas and challenging terrain.
  • La Luz Trailhead
  • La Luz Trail
  • Switchbacks
  • Western Views
  • Rocky Outcrops
  • User Trails
  • Rock Formations
  • Butterfly

The bad news: This tough-as-nails trail has been the official route of Albuquerque’s popular La Luz Trail Run since 1965, making it tops on hikers’ tick lists. The good news: In late September, trail traffic plummets right when temperatures cool and the aspen leaves turn gold.

From the trailhead on the northeast edge of town, the steep, zigzagging 14.2-mile (round-trip) trail weaves around cactus and yucca as it scales the canyon walls and skirts toothy outcrops. At mile 7.1, catch your breath on top of 10,678-foot Sandia Crest before dropping 4,500 feet on the return descent.

-Mapped by Bill Velasquez

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